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 WJM  Vol.5 No.4 , April 2015
Impact of the Drag Force and the Magnus Effect on the Trajectory of a Baseball
Abstract: We consider the impact of drag force and the Magnus effect on the motion of a baseball. Quantitatively we show how the speed-dependent drag coefficient alters the trajectory of the ball. For the Magnus effect we envision a scenario where the rotation of the ball confines the Magnus force to the vertical plane; gravity, drag force and the Magnus force make a trio-planar system. We investigate the interplay of these forces on the trajectories.
Cite this paper: Sarafian, H. (2015) Impact of the Drag Force and the Magnus Effect on the Trajectory of a Baseball. World Journal of Mechanics, 5, 49-58. doi: 10.4236/wjm.2015.54006.
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